Pep Guardiola hints at leaving Manchester City after Jürgen Klopp

Manchester City champion coach Pep Guardiola has spoken about his possible departure in the summer of 2025. “The reality is that I am closer to leaving than staying,” Guardiola told British TV channel Sky Sports after his team won the title on Sunday. With a 3-1 win against West Ham United, Man City secured their next championship in a long-distance duel with Arsenal FC – it was already their sixth under Guardiola.

The 53-year-old Catalan still has one year left on his contract in Manchester. “It’s been eight years, it will be nine then. My feeling at the moment is that I want to stay next season. We can then talk about the future during the season. But after eight or then nine years…” said Guardiola, who moved to the island in the summer of 2016 after working at FC Bayern and has since won trophies in the Premier League, the FA Cup and in the Champions League in 2023.

“I will miss him very much”

The cup final against city rivals United takes place at Wembley Stadium on Saturday. “I know that no team in history – Gary Lineker told me, I didn’t know – has won the Premier League and FA Cup double twice in a row,” Guardiola said of the significance. He wants to give his professionals around top striker Erling Haaland two or three days to enjoy the championship and then start the short preparation for the cup final.

Guardiola regrets saying goodbye to coaching colleague Jürgen Klopp at Liverpool FC. “I will miss him very much,” said Guardiola: “Jürgen was a really big part of my life. He brought me to this coaching level. I think we respect each other enormously.” Klopp said goodbye with a 2-0 win against Wolverhampton Wanderers after almost nine years as coach at Liverpool FC.

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Klopp and Guardiola have had some spectacular duels in the English Premier League in recent years – including emotional ones on the sidelines. At the end of January, Guardiola jokingly said: “I will sleep better when Klopp is gone. The games we played against Liverpool were almost like a nightmare.”

Meanwhile, Kai Havertz expressed his deep disappointment after narrowly missing out on the football championship with Arsenal FC. “What can I say? “I’m sorry for all the Arsenal fans,” the attacker told TNT Sports after the dramatic Premier League season finale on Sunday. “I can’t think properly right now. It’s just so frustrating. Its hard.”

The German international, who scored 13 league goals last season, also scored the winning goal in the 2-1 (1-1) win against Everton FC. But because rival Manchester City won 3-1 against West Ham United in the parallel game, Arsenal ended the season once again in second place in the table, two points behind the new and old champions.

“We did our best, but it wasn’t enough,” summarized Havertz and promised the supporters that the team would be even better next year. “Hopefully we can be back in the mix next year and give the Arsenal fans what they need and what we are all here for.”


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